IHRDA Recruiting Director of Programs

14 March 2017

The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) is seeking to recruit a Director of Programs with significant litigation experience, along with knowledge of and familiarity with the African human rights system.

IHRDA is a pan-African human rights organisation, based in Banjul, The Gambia, promoting the effective use of African human rights instruments to protect rights in Africa. Our work entails offering pro bono legal counsel for victims of human right abuses; conducting capacity building initiatives with actors in the promotion of human rights on the use of regional human rights instruments and mechanisms; and disseminating information on the African Human Rights System.

IHRDA is looking for a highly motivated individual who demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the subject matter, while taking pride in work and in achievements, both at personal and organizational levels.

Minimum Requirements

  • A legal degree and admission to legal practice with 7+ years of experience as legal practitioner;
  • Experience managing lawyers and senior staff in a fast-paced, challenging environment;
  • An in-depth understanding of the African human rights system and of comparative or international human rights law;
  • Significant experience with human rights litigation at the national, regional or international level;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a multi-cultural and multi-lingual team;
  • Previous experience with human rights training and/or public speaking;
  • Experience with fundraising and report writing.


Location: Banjul, The Gambia, with regular travels, mainly in Africa

Salary: The position will offer a competitive salary (commensurate with experience)

Other benefits: Medical insurance; travel insurance; pension.


Please send (in English or French) a Curriculum Vitae; a motivation letter, an unedited writing sample of 5 to 20 pages and a list three references who are not related to the candidate, with their full contact details.

Closing date for applications is 30th April 2017

Kindly send your application and all relevant documents to recruitment@ihrda.org

For additional information, please contact Fatmata Jangana at fjangana@ihrda.org.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

IHRDA is committed to equal opportunities. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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